The Halloween season is upon us, and in keeping with that The Overmind has joined forces with the people over at the Bundle of Holding to bring you more horror roleplaying than you can shake a severed head at! Dare you journey into the Nightmare Alley? These games cover every kind of horror from Invasion of the Body Snatchers paranoia to heavy-metal splatterpunk, all for a prince that you select! Featured in this Bundle of Holding are:
- In Dark Alleys (Vajra Enterprises): In Dark Alleys is a game of modern-day psychological and cosmological horror — of heretical philosophies that have been dismissed, ridiculed or suppressed because they don’t have “happy endings.” It’s about people driven to seek truth despite the danger, the double-life those people must lead, and the thrill and power that accompany their exploration of dark truths. In Dark Alleys is about people coming to terms with the unpleasant parts of themselves and their societies. Available in .PDF only in this Nightmare Alley bundle. If you want to buy In Dark Alleys anywhere else, you can only get it as a physical softcover. Designer Brian St.Claire-King has also provided a collection of seven .MP3 music and ambient sound tracks specifically composed to enhance In Dark Alleys games.
- Rotworld: A Game of Survival Horror Against Undead Flesh Eaters (Goblinoid Games): A complete RPG in one volume, contains rules for character generation, guidelines for creating unique zombies for your game, optional rules to account for decomposition in zombie abilities, and advice for determining the timeline of societal collapse. Rotworld uses the Pacesetter System, introduced in the 1980s in RPGs such as Chill and Timemaster.
- Abandon All Hope: Abandon All Hope is a science-fiction/supernatural horror RPG. You play the condemned aboard an automated spaceship that has plunged over the edge of the known universe. Here, in another dimension, you must contend with escaped lunatics, robotic controllers, and monstrous aliens who feed off of fear and suffering. Former convicts are now the heroes, and every day is a fight for survival. For those who seek it, there will be chances to gain power, embrace damnation, seek redemption, and escape.
- Exquisite Replicas (Abstract Nova): An alien reality is infiltrating our world, replacing it piece by piece. Horrific creatures slink about unseen, stealing indiscriminately and leaving exact replicas in their wake. These simulacra are indistinguishable from the originals, and there’s no telling what will be the next target. It might be the fire hydrant down the street, the local post office, or an aged Merlot in a private wine cellar. A person can also be replicated and replaced; your neighbors, your friends, your family — anyone can be next. Even you. Exquisite Replicas is an RPG of paranoia and horror where intolerable choices collide with the fragile hope of humanity. The war must be won, but it is up to the players to decide at what cost.
- Outlive Outdead (Happy Bishop Games): Outlive Outdead is a cinematic zombie RPG. Everyone starts with a human character, but as they die, players take roles as zombies. The group will slowly turn against you! If you like The Walking Dead, Romero movies, and the World War Z book, you’ll love Outlive Outdead.
The total retail value of the titles included at launch is US$60. Pay what you want (minimum $6.95) to get the core collection of four games; if you pay more than the current average, which starts at $13.95, you also receive several bonus titles.
- Cryptworld (Goblinoid Games): In Cryptworld you investigate and hunt the forces of the unexplained. You discover things sinister and foul from every world of horror — classic, Hammer, slasher, alien menaces, interdimensional monsters — Bram Stoker, Ramsey Campbell, or Clive Barker — Lost Boys, Friday the 13th, or Horror of Dracula. In Cryptworld, horrors usually confined to dusty crypts lurk everywhere. Like Rotworld, Cryptworld uses the revived Pacesetter System, introduced in the 1980s in titles like Chill, Timemaster, and Star Ace.
- Unhallowed Metropolis, Revised (Atomic Overmind Press/New Dark Age): This is where we come in. Set two hundred years after the advent of the zombie Plague, Unhallowed Metropolis is the “gasmask chic” RPG of an apocalyptic Neo-Victorian dystopia. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to journey into the Neo-Victorian world created by Jason Soles and Nicole Vega, now’s your chance!
- Pandemonio (Neoplastic Press): Rafael Chandler’s new RPG debuts in this bundle. It’s a newly revised combined edition of his 2002 Dread: The First Book of Pandemonium (second edition 2007, later retitled Scorn) and its 2009 followup Spite: The Second Book of Pandemonium. Now Scorn and Spite have coalesced as a single grotesquerie, Pandemonio: subtle as a nailbomb and replete with hundreds of spells, monsters, and just godawful ideas.
- The Book of Unremitting Horror (Pelgrane Press): A supplement for Trail of Cthulhu, Fear Itself, The Esoterrorists, and any d20 fantasy game, The Book of Unremitting Horror from Pelgrane Press is so unsettling that a reviewer on RPG.net deducted a star from his rating because it crossed too many boundaries. Not for the faint of heart, The Book of Unremitting Horror is the ninth title in the Nightmare Alley bundle. The bundle includes both the original d20 fantasy version and the later version for the Pelgrane Press GUMSHOE System — a nice addition for purchasers of September’s Bundle of GUMSHOE.
Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and you are entitled to move them freely among all you ereaders. Ten percent of each purchase of this collection is split equally between the two charities nominated by the Nightmare Alley designers: Strive for College and Deworm the World.